The best ways to stop adware are to install a reputable anti-virus program and avoid and uninstall existing advertising-supported software. Installing a reputable anti-virus program, especially if it is part of a fuller Internet security package, will reduce the likelihood of downloading adware by accident, in addition to making removal easier. Avoiding and uninstalling advertising-supported software that comes bundled with ads is a method of stopping adware that can often get past anti-virus programs. Advertising-supported software is frequently advertised as freeware, but the free version shows ads when the program starts up. In addition to showing ads for other products, the software program might also attempt to convince the user to upgrade to the paid version of the program.
Adware often comes in the form of stand-alone popups, meaning they are not part of advertising-supported software. This kind of adware is often easily blocked with an anti-virus program. While adware is usually not considered a virus, it is frequently stopped by these programs anyway. To stop adware that got past an anti-virus program, the computer user might try downloading a reputable program specifically meant to uninstall adware. Some malware programs are designed to look like adware removers, however, so caution is necessary when downloading a new program to avoid compromising computer security.
If the adware is bundled into a useful program that the computer user wants to keep, it might be time to find another program that can perform the same tasks but is actually free with no catches. Failing that, the user can look for similar programs that must be paid for but do not use adware as a gimmick to sell products. If no similar product is found, the user can always settle with paying for the advertising-supported software, but this generally only encourages people to use adware. There is almost always a software program with similar or even better capabilities than the one supported by adware.
Lastly, if the adware is bundled into a software program that has outlived its welcome, the user can simply uninstall it. This can be accomplished by ending the program and then following the operating system’s usual method of removing programs or using an uninstaller. Removing advertising-supported adware in this way should stop adware, but if it does not, another program might be at fault. In this case, running an adware remover can prove useful. It is important to remember that adware is often harmless besides being annoying, so it is okay to take a while to figure out how to stop it.